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Properly Valuing Financial Advice
by Tony Vidler When it comes to valuing your advice to clients what is a “fair” rate or price? $100 per hour seems pretty cheap for any professional – plumbers cost more than that, right? But what about $1,000 per hour? That’s not actually a bad rate if someone can create $5,000 of value […]
by Tony Vidler Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers. Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests. It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
Cost is not just Price: Put Adviser fees into perspective
by Tony Vidler Adviser fees are a cost for sure, and often a stumbling block for many professionals with their clients is this “cost discussion”. It is a stumbling block because more often than not the entire conversation revolves around just one of the cost components rather than the actual fee rate and the value […]
How can we get the Value Of Advice message out more effectively?
by Tony Vidler We need to get the “Value Of Advice” message out more effectively as it just doesn’t appear to be resonating with enough of the consumers, particularly in challenging times. There has been an increasing emphasis upon understanding the value of advice in the last decade and most research concludes that advice […]
Show Prospects Your Advice Planning Process To Get CLIENTS
by Tony Vidler The Challenge: Getting prospects to buy into your financial advice planning process. The Solution: Show them HOW the process works before asking them to commit. The keywords there are “show” and “how“….and it is because so many advisers do not focus on these 2 words in the earliest stages […]
The Annual Review Meeting: You CAN Be Compliant Without Being Dull
by Tony Vidler The Annual Review process for financial advice clients is often seen as a rather hum-drum thing by the clients (if not advisers themselves), and getting clients to engage in it can be a real challenge. It doesn’t have to be that way of course. With a little imagination it can […]
Fees For Advice: How to get paid every step of the way
by Tony Vidler If advice is valuable then it should be paid for. Getting paid fees for advice alone seems to be an issue as Financial Advisers often do not get paid what they should for the difference their advice makes…and more often than not it is the advisers’ fault. I have been […]
by Tony Vidler One of the biggest issues for advisers is to get clients saving more. Getting them to do now what will be good for later means deferring instant gratification and the constant “we wants”, even in countries where compulsory or incentivised retirement savings schemes exist. A fascinating piece of work for any […]
A Great Adviser is, or should be, a Thought Leader
by Tony Vidler “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.” The second sentence in the above quote seems particularly pertinent […]
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale. The first sale that has to be made is YOU. Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage. The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
The wealthy may avoid $163 billion in taxes every year. Here’s how they do it
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how